BEFORE AU -- Wrestled at Solanco HS... Finished with 117 victories and 58 pins in his career... Finished 7th at the PIAA State Championships... Two-time section and county champion... Placed 4th at the Fargo Cadet Greco Nationals... Also played soccer in at Solanco.
PERSONAL -- Parents are Kimberly and Barrett Root... Has two older siblings, Sam and Janna... Plans to major in graphic design at AU... Coached elementary-school wrestlers... Honorable mention honoree in scholastic poetry... Hobbies include making music, drawing and politics... Listens to jazz and enjoys Chinese food before matches... Playing sports as a kid, pretended to be soccer star Lionel Messi... Came to AU because of the environment... Would cast Will Ferrell in a movie of his life... Distant relative to actor Steve Martin.